Landscapes of variance: Working the gap between design and nature
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- Publisher: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
Between the abstractions of design and interventions in the land, there are variances, deviations, and gaps. These manifest as a physical interstice between the resistant conditions of the land and conceptualized interventions, and they reveal moments in the design process that refuse the seamless transitions from the schematic to the realized. As landscapes are repeatedly transformed through the dynamic relationships between people and the land, these gaps open up questions and spaces of creative possibility. Smithson wrote that between site and non-site, exists “a space of metaphorical significance” (1968). He proposed non-site as an abstraction of a physical geographical site that can come to represent the site but without the need to resemble it, his indoor earthworks constructing a new logic and potentially physical relationship between land and occupant.
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